Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Tag
Introspection

03 Mar 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Intuitions Around Trust Levels

An Ask MetaFilter question about cooking mustard greens included this note from the poster, on the provenance of their olive oil and their confidence that it was legitimate:The batch I use all the time, from …

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12 Jan 2022, 15:00 p.m.

2021: Year in Review

I'd like to get into the habit of writing a yearly review, as I did for 2017, so here's an attempt for 2021. I'm aiming here for speed so I'll probably miss some stuff.AdventuresThese were …

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04 Jan 2022, 3:00 a.m.

An Added Layer, A New Charge

A marvelous thing about complex music and dance is getting to witness the things humans can achieve. I find myself transported when I watch a big song-and-dance number in a filmed musical, or watch a …

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28 Dec 2021, 18:40 p.m.

The Stories I Chose

A few days ago I wrapped up my series of MetaFilter posts recommending short scifi/fantasy stories. That post links to 40+ magazines, and in particular their RSS/Atom feeds, in case you'd like a fresh and …

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18 Sep 2021, 1:10 a.m.

It Can Be Hard To Talk About Learning And Teaching

Copied from a comment I made on MetaFilter in a somewhat contentious thread about explicitly learning and teaching tacit knowledge: Some fundamental assumptions I have about this topic, and about some opportunities and difficulties more …

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09 Apr 2021, 13:11 p.m.

If You Call Me A Thought Leader For This Post I Will Give You A Stern Look

In scifi/fantasy fandom there's this phrase, "Big Name Fan". This is someone who is well-known, influential, for the fannish things they say and do and make. The idea is that a BNF is a minor …

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07 Apr 2021, 13:07 p.m.

Painstakingly Reminding Myself How To Play

This is a little bit about how free-range learners in programming assess our own skill levels and choose what to learn next. But it's also a response to my own insecurity, and to the sometimes-stultifying …

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05 Apr 2021, 12:41 p.m.

Paralipsis

I'm in the process of working with a contractor to overhaul my personal and professional websites. Thus, I have been thinking about my brand (oh how I want to put distancing quotation marks around that …

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22 Mar 2021, 12:09 p.m.

Missing DIY-ish-ness

Alexandra Rowland wrote that "The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk. Pass it on." (further thoughts). And when I think about punk, I think about DIY and imagining and making the structures that need to exist …

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21 Dec 2020, 9:31 a.m.

Graduating From The I-Didn't-Graduate Dream

I used to have dreams that, oh no, I didn't actually finish high school and need to go back and finish a class or exam. I hear this is pretty common. I thought I'd graduated …

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